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  • Netflix takes Disney pay-TV rights from Starz

    Netflix takes Disney pay-TV rights from Starz
    Netflix has acquired the exclusive U.S. rights to movies from Walt Disney Studios films, beginning in 2016, in a three-year deal that catapults the Internet video-on-demand service into direct competition with pay-TV giants such as HBO and Showtime. The...
  • Kaleidescape, Warner Bros. agree to digital distribution deal

    Kaleidescape, Warner Bros. agree to digital distribution deal
    After eight years of legal battle with the entertainment industry, Kaleidescape has found a friend in Hollywood. Starting Tuesday, the manufacturer of high-end media servers will sell movies and television shows from Warner Bros., a first-of-its-kind...
  • Warner Bros. eyes the future through its 'tech ops'

    Warner Bros. eyes the future through its 'tech ops'
    The lobbies of most Hollywood offices are decorated with movie posters and Academy Awards. But on the sixth floor of a building on Warner Bros.' Burbank lot, the lobby is decorated with patents — 24 of them, for things such as "a method and...
  • Disney takes $50 million write-down on canceled animation project

    Disney takes $50 million write-down on canceled animation project
    Walt Disney Co. will take a $50 million write-down in the current fiscal quarter for a stop-motion animation project it canceled in August. The untitled movie was to be directed by Henry Selick, the well respected filmmaker behind "Coraline" and "The...
  • Disney unveils plans to revive its video game business

    Disney unveils plans to revive its video game business
    Long stuck in low gear, Walt Disney Co.’s video game division is aiming for infinity. The entertainment conglomerate on Tuesday unveiled plans for a high-stakes initiative called Disney Infinity that could determine the success or failure of its...
  • At Warner Bros., new CEO's first task is to bring peace to studio

    At Warner Bros., new CEO's first task is to bring peace to studio
    In taking the reins of Warner Bros., one of Kevin Tsujihara's first tasks will be returning calm to a studio that has been racked by divisions and infighting. Although Warner was Hollywood's No. 1 supplier of television shows, No. 1 in the home video...
  • Disney video games unit lays off about 50 workers

    Disney video games unit lays off about 50 workers
    Walt Disney Co.'s video game division laid off about 50 staffers Tuesday from several locations on the same day that it closed the Austin, Texas, studio that produced its "Epic Mickey" titles. The layoffs were separate from the people who lost their...
  • Low-budget knockoff movies benefit from Hollywood blockbusters

    Low-budget knockoff movies benefit from Hollywood blockbusters
    Last year's "Puss in Boots"was made on the lush 13-acre DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale by 300 people working for four years at a cost of $130 million. Its knockoff was made on the second floor of an office building just two miles away—...
  • Stan Lee Media sues Disney for billions over Marvel characters

    Stan Lee Media sues Disney for billions over Marvel characters
    Stan Lee Media, an Internet company that shut down more than a decade ago and has been mired in litigation ever since, has filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against Walt Disney Co. The complaint was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Colorado,...
  • Disney adopts new paper policy after protest

    Disney adopts new paper policy after protest
    Walt Disney Co. is implementing a new policy to use less paper from environmentally threatened areas, a year after it was targeted by environmental protesters. In May of 2011, activists from the Rainforest Action Network hung a banner outside Disney's...
  • 'Disney Fairies' beats 'Magic Mike' on DVD

    'Disney Fairies' beats 'Magic Mike' on DVD
    Fairies are beating strippers in DVD sales. Walt Disney Studios' new direct-to-DVD title "Disney Fairies: Secret of the Wings" was the No. 1-selling DVD and Blu-ray disc for the week ended Oct. 27, according to research firm Rentrak Corp. It...
  • Theme park and cruises lift quarterly bottom line for Disney

    Theme park and cruises lift quarterly bottom line for Disney
    Higher attendance at its overseas theme parks and cruise lines as well as growth in the rates that cable and satellite companies pay to carry ESPN helped drive growth for Walt Disney Co. last quarter. Revenue at the Burbank media giant -- which also...